Sen. Patty Murray of Washington has won a fourth term, defeating Republican challenger Dino Rossi, the Associated Press reported Thursday evening.
In a statement, the Rossi campaign said the candidate called Murray to congratulate her. Rossi said his campaign message "found a very receptive audience all across this state, though not quite receptive enough."
The AP said hundreds of thousands of ballots are still uncounted but that its analysis "determined Murray's lead would be insurmountable."
The Seattle Times also declared Murray the winner based on its analysis of voting trends.
As of Thursday evening, Murray was leading Rossi by more than 45,000 votes, up from a 14,000-vote lead on Election Day, the newspaper said.
The Seattle Times said its analysis showed it would be "virtually impossible" for Rossi to capture enough of the remaining uncounted votes to win.
Earlier Thursday, the AP declared Democrat Pat Quinn the winner of the Illinois governor's race.
However, the race for governor in Connecticut remains undecided, and in the governor's race in Minnesota, Democrat Mark Dayton held a narrow lead over Republican Tom Emmer, but the margin was so close a recount was expected.
In the Senate race in Alaska between Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Joe Miller, officials said it still could be days before the final tally.
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